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Tarrytown Ambulance Corps Member Disputes Harrassment Claims

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The lawyer of the suspended Tarrytown ambulance corps member accused of sexually harassing women and patients called allegations against his client “the most flagrant example of muckraking and sabotage that I've seen in 30 years of private practice in this county.”

Suspended ambulance corps member Alaric Young directed The Daily Tarrytown to his attorney to comment on the allegations against him. Stephen Lewis said Young “has not even had the opportunity to realize or hear what the allegations are against him.”

Six former and current volunteer ambulance corps members have filed a complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission Thursday claiming Young sexually harassed them and patients numerous times. The members said Young made inappropriate comments about their underwear, unwanted physical advances and photographed vulnerable female patients. In one case, the women said, he left an intoxicated patient’s breast exposed while he complimented the woman on her appearance.

Young was suspended from the corps in July.

“He has never had an opportunity to address these charges and he has never had an opportunity to respond to them and defend his reputation,” Lewis said. “It's Kafka-esque at best. It is wrong, it is mean-spirited and it is a conspiracy by certain members of the ambulance corps trying to sabotage him and destroy his reputation.”

Lewis said ambulance board members violated the group's bylaws by letting his suspension last more than nine months and he noted that Young was not allowed to be present at board proceedings about the allegations. He added that it was “remarkable that reporters are getting documentation that he has never heard or seen.”

Lewis did not dismiss the possibility of a lawsuit in the matter, although he did not specify who it would include.

“It's a very real possibility,” he said.

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